Gruden’s emails also include harsh words for other team owners
Jon gruden disparaged the NFL commissioner Roger goodell with a vulgar description in one of several emails provided by the league to Las vegas raiders last week, Gruden confirmed to ESPN.
Emails from Gruden they also include harsh words for other team owners who were involved in the 2011 labor dispute that led to a lockout.
“I was in a bad mood at the time [en 2011], and I also told Roger goodell [un improperio] in one of these emails, “agreed the coach of the Raiders to ESPN Friday night. “They kept players and coaches from doing what they love with a lockout. A lot of things were also publicly reported about the safety of the sport I love. I was working with a high school team. [en Tampa, Florida, área] during that time, and there were many parents who were afraid to let their children play football. It just didn’t sit well with me. “
Gruden did not point to any of the owners he negatively cited in connection with labor negotiations.
A league official declined to confirm the number of emails that were delivered to the Raiders owner, Mark Davis, and the team executives. Gruden estimated that he was aware of five to seven emails.
The league official also did not mention the specific term Gruden addressed to Goodell. The NFL has said it is evaluating disciplinary action that could be taken against Gruden, although he was not an employee of the NFL or any of its teams when the emails were sent.
The Wall street journal reported Friday that one of Gruden’s emails included a racist comment in reference to the executive director of the NF Players AssociationL, DeMaurice Smith.
Gruden, who was an employee of ESPN at that time as principal analyst of Monday Night Football, agreed on Friday to be, “ashamed of insulting De Smith” and added that, “he never had a racist thought” when he sent the email.
Reactions to Gruden’s emailed comments have been mixed both in the Raiders locker room and in the league, according to sources. Some people believe there must be repercussions for Gruden, while others believe he must be forgiven, including a black gamer who gave him a hug and asked how he could help, according to insiders.
Rod Graves, CEO of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, asked the NFL and the Raiders to respond to Gruden’s comments with “a remedy befitting these painful words.”
“The insensitive comments made by Jon Gruden about DeMaurice Smith are indicative of the racism that exists at many levels in professional sports,” Graves said in a statement Sunday morning. “Furthermore, it reveals that the path of African Americans and other minorities in sports is littered with irrepressible mindsets at the highest level. We hope that the League and the teams’ leadership will address this matter with a remedy commensurate with these painful words. This is another turning point in a society fraught with cynical social prejudice, with no respect for the intellectual capacity and leadership of minorities. When will it end? “
Gruden said Friday that he has spoken with Davis and hopes to speak with him again. Davis stressed on Friday that the content of Gruden’s email was “disturbing” and “not what the Raiders stand for,” while league spokesman Brian McCarthy condemned the email, emphasizing that it was “appalling, abhorrent and totally contrary. to the values of the NFL. “